Saturday, March 20, 2010

hey, mari! hey, leah!!

i saw this amazing "bandana card" on marisol's features a verrrrrry cool inked background with black stamping and white highlights...and if you're anything like me it'll make you go, "HOLY MOLY, how did she DO THAT??!" and the great thing about mari is, when you ask her, she'll tell ya! (& then if you're a bit dim like i am, she will patiently explain it a second time, with photo links, and maybe a video!) :) armed with my newfound knowledge and two of my favorite stamps, i was determined to give it a go!

in the meantime, leah pointed out that i've *NEVER* done one of her challenges at design dollies! (OOF! how did i manage THAT??! sorry, missus!) so i decided to take up the current color challenge to use orange, red and one neutral!

and here's my card!

(patterned paper: rouge de garance, the paper co, crafty secrets + homemade!!!; glossy black cardstock: ranger; spray ink: glimmer mist, smoosh spritz; ink pads: colorbox, staz-on; embossing powder: psx; stamps: hero arts, autumn leaves; white pen: inkssentials; gems: prima; embossing folder: cuttlebug; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

ok, admittedly, it's not a patch on mari's...but i am quite proud of myself! my background is spray inked rather than blended timmishly, because that was what i had in the appropriate colors. since i had a bit more "blank space" in my background, i also went in lightly with a pattern stamp and a bit of red ink to spice it up a bit. and finally, at the very end, i went back and made a second butterfly to mount atop the first with foam tape... (you cannot really tell in the pic, but irl it makes a huge difference!) ...because, yes, i admit it...i am allergic to flat cards!

midway through the design process, when it turned out that my "bandana" panel was going to be rectangular, i realized i could use kazan's sketch #48 to streamline my assembly i did!

and there you have it, the card with multiple inspirations that is surely exponentially cooler in consequence!

thanks, you guys!!!


  1. I so relate! The bulkier the better!!! LOL! Great colors in your card!!!

  2. ♥♥gasp♥♥ what a gorgeous card...the colors are simply stunning...gotta love bumpy cards!!!

    I'll be adding M'ija into my google reader:)

  3. So cool!! Two in one!! Awesome girlie!! Love the orange. Great job. I can't wait to see it in the fab'0 5-o. hehe Just getting that bad boy in.

  4. stunning!! you never cease to amaze!!!

  5. HOLY CRAP!! *thud* (the sound of my jaw hitting the floor) Can I be a groupie? I wanna learn how you do all of this stuff!! Geez. This is just beautimous. Just a really gorgeous card!! Seriously.

  6. Wow ... doodlicious ... love the partial black frame.

  7. Woot woot! Look at you go, girl!! I knew you had it in ya! :D
    Excellent interpretation, gorgeous colors, such a fun card! Plus you went and did stitching (which is my phobia - wonder if there's a name for 'fear of sewing machines')
    You're just rockin' away... with SKILLZ!
    (and yes, it was so cool that I am unable to use any other punctuation besides an exclamation point!! or two!!)

  8. What a beautiful card! Great colors and a lovely butterfly! :)

  9. Love it! Gawgess! Leave it to Leah LOL! Thanks for playin with us Dollies!

  10. So now you have me totally curious about Banana Inking and I HAD to follow all your links and read all about it - and can i tell ya I LOVE IT. Your sample is super stunning, so is Marisol's (who happens to live in my neck of the woods) all in all I am super happy you shared this with us today because now I too want to Banana up my cards!

  11. Lauren, great colors and love the background and the 3d effect with the butterfly . Ha ve to take a look at Marisol's blog. Thankyou for the inspiration.

  12. Love the colour combo on this!

  13. Whoah, that's awesome! I love the color combo and bandana technique. Gonna go look that up!


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